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CDC Director: Covid-19 has ‘brought the country to its knees’ said the former head of the CDC



CDC Director: Covid-19 has 'brought the country to its knees' said the former head of the CDC

The country will probably spend around $ 7 trillion “because of one small virus,” Redfield said at a House Energy and Commerce Committee session.

Redfield’s comments were made because half of the US states saw a spike in new coronavirus cases – and it wasn’t just because of increased testing, health officials said.

On Tuesday, 25 countries recorded higher rates of new cases compared to last week: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Nevada, Nevada, Ohio , Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

And no country has effectively switched from a stay-at-home order “to a public health model for testing, tracking, isolation and quarantine,” Dr. Richard Besser, former managing director of the US CDC.

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“We must find a way to make that transition in a successful way, or every state that is reopened – even those who have done a very good job of curbing this – will see a dramatic increase,” Besser told CNN Tuesday.

“And we will return to where we were before.”

If U.S. don’t get control over the coronavirus pandemic in the fall, “you basically chase forest fires,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told the House committee Tuesday.

The aim is to get full control of the virus, not just reduce it, which is happening now, said Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Redfield said the virus has highlighted the lack of investment in “the core capabilities of public health data” for decades. Now is the time to repair a broken system, he added.

“This needs a partnership. Not all the burden on the federal government to invest in public health at the local level,” Redfield said. In fact, “if your CDC funds leave tomorrow, public health infrastructure throughout the country will be destroyed.”

“We are now the backbone.”

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Nationally, more than 2.3 million people have been infected with the corona virus, and nearly 121,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“The next few weeks will be critical in our ability to cope with surgeries that we see in Florida, in Texas, in Arizona and in other countries – they are not the only ones who have difficulty,” Fauci said.

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During Fauci’s testimony during Tuesday’s trial, the country’s top infectious disease expert appealed to all Americans:

“Plan A: Don’t get into the crowd. Plan B: If you do, make sure you wear a mask.”

Why does this surge time make sense

Health experts say the surge in new cases now coincides with countries that began reopening a few weeks ago – with many people rejecting or ignoring safety measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

And while health officials report a jump in cases among younger people, Redfield said Tuesday more than half the country’s nursing homes – more than 7,000 – had Covid-19 patients in them.

Why did it take weeks after the state reopening to see the health effects

“Two weeks ago, we had 17 countries with increasing cases,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infection Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Now, that number has jumped to at least 25 countries. “And we are likely to move more states into the category of increasing cases very quickly,” Osterholm said Tuesday. “So, we see what reactions there are in the virus to open up and make more contact with each other.”

After exposure to this virus, it can take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear. After that, people may not be tested immediately. Then, it might take longer for severe cases to require hospitalization.

Deaths from new Covid-19 exposure are often not reported until several weeks after a new case is reported.

While health officials expect new cases when the country reopens, many do not expect new cases and hospitalizations to increase dramatically in some places.

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Arizona set a new record this week for the number of people hospitalized on certain days with Covid-19 – around 2,000, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. The state’s seven-day inpatient movement rate has also increased.

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“People are treated in hospital beds and treated in ICU beds (intensive care units) faster than they are sent home,” said Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.

With about 84% of the state ICU beds full, Humble said he was worried that hospitals would go into “crisis care standards,” which basically meant “lower care for everyone, not just people with Covid-19.”

California recorded more than 35% of total infections from all pandemics in only the last two weeks. The state on Monday recorded 5,019 confirmed cases of the corona virus, the highest again every day, according to data provided by the California Department of Public Health. Inpatient care is also at the highest level for Covid-19 patients.

Not just an increase in testing

Some politicians have linked the surge in new cases with increased testing. But in many places, the number of new Covid-19 cases was disproportionately higher than the number of new tests conducted, the researchers said.

Trump is at odds with medical experts by saying too much testing makes the US less fortunate.

“In many countries, testing is increasing, but the percentage of people who are positive is actually much higher,” Osterholm said.

“This is not an artifact of more testing at all.”

Even with increased testing, the country is still “far behind the virus,” said the former secretary of US Health and Human Services.

“We are still reacting. We are not superior,” said Kathleen Sebelius.

“The only way to get ahead of the virus is to extinguish cases in any area, and then test like crazy when a case arises, call the trail, and make sure you are quarantined. We can’t do that because we still find all kinds people who have viruses. “

‘Moving very fast in the wrong direction’

What happens in Arizona and other states can erase much of the progress made over the weeks of home stay orders.

“The number of new cases has stabilized in early May, and in fact the positive rate (in testing) has increased,” Humble said.

An increasing number of cases indicate coronavirus will not disappear soon

“We dropped out of a stay at home order in mid-May, and what we saw happening was around May 26th, an increase in cases corresponding to the end of the stay at home order.”

Florida, a popular destination for beach visitors, is also grappling with a surge of new cases and hospitalization. Sunshine State now has “all the signs of a large epicenter of transmission of the corona virus,” the researchers said.
And in Texas, where the rate of new cases daily and new hospitalizations are increasing, Houston “is moving very quickly in the wrong direction,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said CNN affiliate KTRK.

After Houston reported the highest daily count of the new Covid-19 case, Turner called on residents to take security measures more seriously.

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“This is a health care crisis,” he said. “To be honest, your failure, for example, to wear a mask … or to get involved in social deviations has a direct impact on others.”

Where countries see stable or improving numbers

In 12 states, the number of new daily cases has generally remained stable in recent days: Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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And in 13 states, the number of new cases generally decreases: Alabama, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont.

“New York moved from one of the highest infection rates in the country to one of the lowest because we made decisions based on science, not politics,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

“We see in other countries what happens when you have just reopened without regard to metrics or data – it’s bad for public health and for the economy, and countries that are reopening in a hurry now look backfired.”

Cuomo is considering forcing visitors from high transmission countries into quarantine upon arrival to the state of New York, he said.

CNN’s Gisela Crespo, Jenn Selva, Jen Christensen, Andrea Kane, Cheri Mossburg and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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